Guest post by Marianne Malmstrom At the Elisabeth Morrow School, we have been on a journey to help our students develop the essential skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and citizenship. We turned to virtual worlds and MOGs because these are the same skills many young gamers practice through immersive play. Initially, we used [...]
Tag Archives: digital literacy
I’m sure we’re all pretty aware that the Internet and social media are global, but do we think enough about how digital citizenship has to be global too, then – how, by definition, it’s more a process than a static concept that can be taught? “Digital citizens” of all ages all over the world are [...]
This article was originally published June 12, 2012, then my service’s server crashed, losing months of data. So reposting 9/29/12. Now for the good news in the youth part of a report from Ottawa-based MediaSmarts’s report “Talking to Youth and Parents about Life Online” (yesterday I highlighted the parents piece). Well, mostly good news. It [...]
Digital literacy educator Diana Graber is crowdsourcing a media literacy curriculum for 8th-graders at Journey School in southern California. It’s Year 3 of the school’s CyberCivics program that Diana’s building, she writes in the CyberWise blog. Reading her resource-rich post got me thinking about all I’ve learned about digital literacy, media literacy, and social literacy [...]
There is little consensus on the definition of “digital literacy.” One participant on a panel about it here at a Safer Internet Day conference in Moscow threw everything into the definition – media literacy, online safety, computer literacy, etc. Wikipedia basically defines it as “the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using [...]
If the US’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums adopt the 21st-century skills promoted in this report from the Institute for Museums and Libraries, they’ll increasingly be pickup up where schools are leaving off – schools not adopting the 21st-century learning tools that engage young 21st-century media users! The IMLS report says “every individual requires these [...]
It’s pretty amazing to see the literacy students have been developing in new media largely on their own. They deserve credit for that.
The term “digital native” may be useful at times, but even the person who coined it has moved past this simplistic binary native/immigrant idea to “digital wisdom,” which has real usefulness for our children now and even more so in their futures.